Today the Prime Minister was open to answering just about any question. With the unions currently in consultation with the government we asked him to respond to the accusation of the Public Service Union that they are yet to take a cut in salary as was promised. For context we bring back the February 4 interview with PSU’s Dean Flowers followed by the Prime Minister’s response.
Dean Flowers, First Vice President, Public Service Union: “I am very much ashamed of the kind of information that is now coming to the union which is that last year the previous administration announced that there would have been cuts for ministers. I can say with a level of confidence that that did not occur. That this year the new Prime Minister has said the ministers will be giving up about 10% of their salary I believe it was, I can categorically say that that has not occurred and so we’re here in good faith, in the best interest of our members, in the best interest of our children and in the best interest of this country having discussions having already made a sacrifice last year only to now find out that the previous administration not only did they not take a cut but this administration has also failed to take the cut that they promised. So this deception, this dishonesty has to stop.”
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “As far as I know we have gotten a pay cut. We made the announcement, we told the Financial Secretary and he is the one that should have already instituted that 10% cut so that’s petty on that person who is saying we have not gotten because if that is the case then they could have called me a long time ago and I would have called the Financial Secretary immediately. What I’ll do right now after this interview because it’s the first time I’m hearing about it I’m going to call the Financial Secretary and ask if he has instituted it because we have given the directive that we are going to take a salary cut of 10%.”